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Susan E Nicholson


Director of Instrumental Studies


College of Arts and Sciences

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Bristol Campus: Chapel 15

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A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Susan Nicholson earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education from Winthrop University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Multiple Woodwind Performance from the University of Miami (FL).  Dr. Nicholson’s woodwind professors include Phil Thompson, Margaret Donaghue, Gary Keller, Francesca Arnone, and Luciano Magnanini.  She studied conducting with William Malambri and has had post-graduate conducting study with Virginia Allen, Eugene Corporon, Jack Stamp, and Dennis Fisher.

In the spring of 2017, Dr. Nicholson was appointed Director of Instrumental Studies at King University in Bristol, Tennessee.  Most recently, Dr. Nicholson was an adjunct professor of music at Winthrop University, woodwind specialist at Fort Mill High School (SC), and the Coordinator of the Carowinds Festival of Music in Charlotte.  Previous appointments include Director of Bands and Music Education Coordinator at Brevard College, Director of Upper School Bands at the Pine Crest School, and Director of the Jazz Band and clarinet and saxophone professor at Rhode Island College.  She has performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Providence Ballet, Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Asheville Symphony, Asheville Lyric Opera, Hendersonville Symphony, Charlotte Repertory Orchestra, and other performing organizations throughout the Southeast and New England areas.  Currently, Susan performs with the Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra based out of Kingsport.

Dr. Nicholson was awarded the Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts award at Brevard College in 2006 and 2007 for exceptional teaching in the arts.  She was selected as the Rock Hill Chamber of Commerce’s Teacher of the Year (1996) and Teacher of the Year at St. Anne School (1996).  Her professional affiliations include membership in Pi Kappa Lambda (Winthrop University and University of Miami), the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Delta Omicron, and Tau Beta Sigma (honorary member).


Doctor of Musical Arts in Multiple Woodwind Performance, University of Miami

Master of Music Education, Winthrop University

Bachelor of Music Education, Winthrop University 

Courses recently taught

APMU 1610 APMU Elementary Woodwinds
APMU 1620 APMU Elementary Woodwinds
MUSC 1150 LECT Instrumental Ensembles: Symphonic Band and Chamber Ensembles
MUSC 1170 Jazz Ensemble
MUSC 1200 LECT Introduction to Sound Engineering
MUSC 1500 LECT Introduction to Music Research
MUSC 2010 LECT Harmony and Basic Composition I
MUSC 2011 LAB Aural Skills III
MUSC 2020 LECT Harmony and Basic Composition II
MUSC 2021 LAB Aural Skills IV
MUSC 2110 LECT Introduction to Instrumental Music
MUSC 3291 LECT Keyboard Proficiency Exam
MUSC 3620 LECT Conducting I
MUSC 3631 LECT Conducting II: Instrumental
MUSC 3880 LECT Senior Recital